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Meaningful Work Experience

Undertaking meaningful work experience is an excellent way to focus your career ideas, whilst also enabling you to apply the knowledge gained from your studies or interests, develop your professional network and enhance your employability. 

We equip students to action their own meaningful work through a variety of online tools, networks and events providing invaluable exploration of different roles and industries, building your knowledge, attributes and skills which help you stand out to employers.

Some students will also be able to access curated co-curricular programmes - from work shadowing to summer internships across a range of industries, and specific support for under-represented groups in higher education.

  • We offer resources on finding, preparing, and applying for a wide range of meaningful work opportunities
  • We provide opportunities for you to network with professionals and industry experts in our many events
  • We partner with a variety of employers to offer bespoke programmes exclusively for King’s students

Our programme portfolio

We offer King's students a range of programmes, often providing bespoke opportunities within or alongside your programme here in the UK, online and internationally.

Who? Final year undergraduates and PhD students
When? October - June annually
Format? Hybrid (in person and virtual)

If you are unsure about your career options and would like to discover different sectors and roles, we encourage you to join our Insights Programme!

By completing the opportunities offered through the Insights Programme you will gain meaningful work experience, broaden your career horizons and boost your confidence. You will also make connections with reputable employers and alumni while developing your employability skills as you explore different sectors and roles.

Explore our Insights Programme (KEATS)

Who? Undergraduate first years from under-represented groups
When? March - June annually
Format? Virtual OR in-person options

Open to students from under-represented groups, our Sustainable Global Experience programme provides the opportunity to explore the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in theory and practice, completing one week of Carbon Literacy Training and one week on a five-day field trip in Brussels, Belgium.

Who? Students from programmes with an embedded Accredited Internship module
When? October - June annually
Format? Hybrid (in person and virtual)

If your programme has an accredited internship module you have the option to gain academic credit through the completion of an internship.

This module is supported by dedicated Internship Conveners in your department and our Accredited Internships Programme.

Who? PhD Students & Post-doctoral Researchers
When? October - July each year
Format? In Person/hybrid

These internships directly support the work of Parliamentarians in the House of Lords and are designed to give participants a direct insight into working in policy.

The programme, which is a collaboration between the Policy Institute and King's Careers & Employability, and is overseen by Baroness Bull, allows students and researchers to be at the heart of national and international policy making.

Explore the King's Parliamentary Research Internships Programme

  • Who? All Students and Post-doctoral Researchers
  • When? Year-round
  • Format? Virtual

    We have partnered with The Forage, the Transform Society and Bright Network UK to offer students access to innovative, digital work-related learning opportunities that can be accessed by all students at any time during their degree.

    These opportunities, usually between one to four weeks in length, give you an understanding of the types of work you might be undertaking across a range of sectors and geographies, alongside giving you the ability to develop your knowledge, skills and attributes.

  • Who? Undergraduate and Postgraduate students
  • When? Mostly June - September each year, some are year-round
  • Format? In-person and hybrid

    Each year, there are several departments who offer a range of internships, available exclusively to King's students. Most of these take place during the summer period, while others offer part-time work throughout the year. They are part-time, and a fantastic way to build your employability skills before completing your studies - all within King's.

    Some of the departments we have supported with their internships are:

  • The Entrepreneurship Institute
  • The Sanctuary Programme
  • The Student Knowledge and Information team
  • The Student Transitions & Outcomes team

    All these opportunities are advertised through King's CareerConnect, so make sure to review this site regularly for internships and job opportunities.

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